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ONS announces candidates for the 2012 ONS election.

For the 2012 national election, the ONS Nominating Committee asked the ONS leadership candidates to respond to two questions. Candidates' responses to the question, "Chose two of the ONS Core Values and discuss how you have actualized them in your professional career," are printed below exactly as received. The candidates are listed in random order. For more information about the candidates and the ONS election, visit


Anne Ireland, MSN, RN, AOCN[R]

INNOVATION: My recent experience implementing an electronic health record affirmed the power of technology to improve health care. The opportunities to hardwire evidence-based practice into the clinical care of our patients is at our fingertips. The ability to track our successes and plan improvements is supported by database reports from integrated systems retrievable by handheld devices whether at the patient's bedside or in another country. Patients now have the ability to play an interactive role via patient portals providing access to their health information and secure communication with their health care team. I am commited to ensuring oncology nurses are involved in future development, implementation and evaluation of technologies designed to support patient care.


EXCELLENCE: I aspire for excellence everyday - in my personal practice, local chapter, and through involvement at the national level. I have been an oncology certified nurse since 1994, was the Charter President of the Northern Vermont Chapter in 1999, project leader of the Ambulatory/Office Nursing Survey, a Fellow and Project Team Leader of the Leadership Development Institute and a member of the Steering Council. These opportunities have all been instrumental in my ongoing pursuit of excellence in my own practice and as a leader.

Catherine A. Glennon, RN, MHS, NE-BC, OCN [R]


Advocacy: For patients this is demonstrated by beginning the Patient and Family Advisory Board. This group advises leadership on needs from their unique perspective to enhance cancer care. I serve as Vice President for Patient Services for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Chapter, overseeing patient services and patient and professional educational events. For staff, I advocate daily in my role as director, which is evidenced by consistent high staff satisfaction scores in all patient care areas under my supervision, using a national database for comparison. Nationally, I advocate for nurses and certification. Internationally, I advocate for educational needs of nurses globally, especially in low resource areas of the world.

Stewardship: I have responsibility for a multi million dollar budget and hundreds of Full Time Equivalents (FTE's). A recent acquisition of 12 community practices, has increased the budget and management of resources proportionately. Stewardship lies not only in fiduciary responsibility, but also in appropriate and respectful utilization of staff, both licensed and unlicensed. Total turnover, and especially turnover in less than one year, in Cancer Center nursing has been below the Department of Nursing goal consistently. Enhancing the patient experience without adding significant cost is constantly reviewed.

Tracy Karen Gosselin, RN, MSN, AOCN[R]


The Oncology Nursing Society core values of advocacy and excellence are essential to me in my career. In my role I advocate for patients, nurses, and other providers. This may be for additional resources, new programs, and issues surrounding nursing practice and education. I have conducted research on nursing advocacy, have served as the Nurse of the Day for our North Carolina General Assembly, and have attended the Nurse in Washington Internship. I serve as the local congressional district lead for the American Cancer Society. These opportunities have allowed me to meet with my elected officials locally and in Washington, DC to advocate for health, nursing, and cancer related issues. Excellence is something I believe each of us pursues. For me this has been the pursuit of a PhD, development of new programs, and sharing of the knowledge I have gained. I support and lead teams who strive to improve cancer care by continuously evaluating trends and outcomes so we can enhance the patient and nurse experience. I believe that advocacy and excellence go hand in hand, in that for us to be excellent we need to advocate for quality cancer care for our patients, our society, and our profession.


Barbara Biedrzycki, PhD, CRNP, AOCNP [R]


Sometimes the obvious isn't always so.

The regulatory tenet that potential research participants must make an independent decision as to whether or not they want to participate in a cancer clinical trial just doesn't seem right. While I understand and support our regulatory and ethical guidelines, I do not believe that the intent was to exclude the input of family, friends and clinicians from the decision making process. We have excluded ourselves, and others, from being involved when patients are in need of assistance. Some family members, and even clinicians, withdraw from discussing clinical trials in fear of influencing the decision.

This challenged me to find an innovative strategy to reduce the stress that some experienced when making independent decisions for cancer clinical trial participation. The process of decision making seemed to be a silent factor in the literature on research participation. Through my research, I've found that most patients actually prefer shared decision making for cancer clinical trial participation.

My research study on shared decision making for cancer clinical trial participation exemplifies the ONS core values of innovation and advocacy, bringing shared decision making out of the shadows and into the realm of modern oncology nursing.

Deborah Kirk Walker,



I believe that several recent examples offer insight into my leadership and how these and other experiences have prepared me to be Director at Large of ONS.

In 2005 I attended the ONS Leadership Development Institute. One exercise was self-evaluation including the vision for one's future and preparation of a personal mission statement. This revealed the importance of self-honesty regarding who I am, what my goals are, and what tools I have at my disposal and that this integrity must carry over into my personal and professional relationships.

Over the past several years I have had the privilege to advocate for the oncology profession, nurses and nurse practitioners at a local level and within the state. I have served on a board as the oncology nurse representative for a state oncology organization. It has been a privilege to represent nurses and to emphasize the importance of our continued presence in the ever changing healthcare environment.

The past two years I have been given the opportunity to develop an oncology course for nursing students. In this course I strive to promote excellence in oncology clinical practice starting at the undergraduate level.

Lynne C. Carpenter, PhD, RN


Stewardship and Innovation are two core values that play a major role in my career. As the first cancer nurse in Pontiac in 1976; in helping to develop one of the first multidisciplinary breast cancer clinics in the 198o's; and now in building the first oncology specialty homecare agency in Michigan, I have had a lot of experience in using innovation. Always the goal is to provide the best possible care to patients using the knowledge and skill currently available and then create new knowledge and skills to improve outcomes. We all have stewardship responsibility to future oncology nurses who will need ONS to build their knowledge and skills. During an impossible time in my life I was asked to run for chapter president, otherwise we would lose our chapter. Because of my belief in ONS I knew it as my stewardship responsibility to accept. Currently, I am trying to simplify the role of our chapter treasurer. After 30 years and 15 treasurers with different organizational skills our chapter treasurer's responsibilities are cumbersome. My goal is to simplify some of the processes so that future members will seek out, enjoy and succeed in the role of chapter treasurer.

Nominating Committee

Geline Joy Tamayo, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, OCN [R]


Advocacy: As an advanced practice nurse, I assess and educate

patients, as well as coordinate and facilitate their care. The caregiver plays a vital role and should be encouraged to be a part of patient care. When evaluating patient's in clinic, I make every effort to speak to the patient and the caregiver. While I assess the patient, I am also inquiring about the caregiver. A patient said to me once, "you did not make us feel like just another #, you listened to our concerns".

Innovation: Cancer care is constantly changing, we have to be innovative to promote excellence in oncology nursing and provide quality cancer care. Facilitating and coordinating care for our patients is a challenge due to the economic crises and financial constraints. As nurses, we are resourceful to provide patients and family members suggestions to minimize side effects and be cost effective. We are all busy managing our patients, but a simple telephone call to patients can enhance trust and care for the patient. Communicating with the patient will minimize patient expenses with unwanted clinic or emergency room visits.

Josephine Visser, RN, BSN, OCN [R]


Excellence: Excellence is exemplified by striving to become the best Oncology nurse one can be through education and professional practices.The Oncology Certification exam is one way to show this commitment to excellence to patients, peers and Oncologists. In 1988 I took the OCN exam and remain oncology certified to this day.

Excellence can also be measured by volunteerism, and I extended myself as a volunteer within ONS through its affiliate ONCC. Initially, I volunteered as an item writer and then to the ONCC Board of Directors. As a member of the ONCC Board of Directors, I have been able to encourage other Oncology nurses to strive for excellence in nursing through certification.

Advocacy: It is the nurse that many times may be the only voice for the patient. I represented this value many times over the years as an advocate for my patients and their family members. Advocacy is represented by working with patients through reimbursement or insurance issues, educating them about their disease and treatment, and through health care access or support issues. Patients require an advocate, someone to speak for them, support them, and cheer them on while receiving Oncology care.

RELATED ARTICLE: The Next Stop on Your Path to ONS Leadership

ONS encourages all active members to begin thinking about tossing their hats into the ring to be considered for future office. If you have been an active ONS member for at least five years and have shown previous leadership within the Society or any similar organization, you are eligible. All applications will be considered carefully. The candidate application will be available on the ONS website this month. Open positions for 2013 are president-elect, secretary, two director-at-large positions, and two Nominating Committee positions.

In addition, if you know of someone who you believe would make a great ONS leader, please submit his or her name and contact information to

RELATED ARTICLE: Remember These Important Dates

* Election ballot will be distributed to the membership via email by January 4, 2012.

* If you have not received your ballot by January 6, 2012, contact the ONS Membership and Component Relations Department via email at

* If your email address has changed recently, please notify ONS to ensure that your ballot is sent to the correct email address.

* Complete and submit your ballot by 5 pm EST on February 15, 2012. No ballots will be accepted after this date.

RELATED ARTICLE: Could Your Chapter Use an Extra $1,000?

Each year, three ONS chapters win $1,000 each for having the highest voting percentage in their size category. In the 2011 ONS election, the chapters that won the cash prize for having the highest voting percentages in their size category were West Michigan Shoreline ONS Chapter 84.6% (small), California East Bay ONS Chapter 48% (medium), and Metro Minnesota ONS Chapter 37% (large).

How can your chapter encourage voting in the ONS election?

* Discuss the ONS election at chapter meetings and better yet, host an ONS election party at your chapter meeting where a laptop is available for members to use to vote.

* Find out from ONS what your chapter's voting percentage was in 2011 and challenge your chapter to increase that number.

* Provide your members with information about the candidates in your chapter's newsletter or conduct reminder phone calls.

* Remind your chapter members how much your chapter could do with an extra $1,000 from winning one of the ONS voting awards.
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Title Annotation:2012 ONS election; Oncology Nursing Society
Publication:ONS Connect
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Date:Nov 1, 2011
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